Signed as one of the many marquee names to wear the famous white of Real Madrid, Eden Hazard has failed to even meet a fraction of expectation. The Belgian was signed to be the next ‘Galactico’ to play for the club, but has so far managed to totally flop due to a mixture of form and fitness. Even when available, the Belgian has failed to maintain any level of form, with precious few moments of class coming from the player since he arrived in Spain.
As it stands, reports in Spain suggest that Hazard will be put up for sale to try and bring in some extra funding. The player has been linked with a shock return to Chelsea, though the numbers involves and the fact the club just bought Romelu Lukaku would make any deal a near-impossibility in this transfer window. However, things also become complicated by reports in Spain that the player wants to stick around and fight for his place under Carlo Ancelotti.
Having cut their wage bill astronomically in recent years, even at the loss of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos, Madrid are keen to keep cutting the fat from the squad that has been accumulated. Despite his immense profile and his huge expense as a player, Hazard has reportedly been told to move on and find a new club ASAP.
Part of this comes from Madrid looking to try and find the funding they need to land Kylian Mbappe. The France striker is expected to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer. Early reports even suggest Hazard could be offered as a makeweight to get the deal done, with PSG previously interested in Hazard having made his name as a youth in the French Ligue 1.
Who else will leave Real Madrid?
The club look set to try and get rid of a host of players. The likes of Marco Asensio and Rodrygo are available for a cut-price fee this summer. So, too, are the likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Jovic, and Mariano Diaz. All five of these players ae available for a smaller fee in a bid to try and get them off the wage bill. The wages, though, are the problem; few clubs in the world pay as well as Los Blancos.
As such, the players are either keen to stick around and fight for their place, or simply want to be reimbursed accordingly. Given many of these players have won titles for the club, they are keen to stick around and be further rewarded for their efforts. Others, such as Diaz and Jovic, have been all-around flops who have failed to live up to the expectation that was placed on their shoulders when arriving in Spain.
Therefore, expect some deals to be done late in the window – especially if Madrid land Mbappe, which would make some hoped for exits become almost a necessity if the club wants to try and balance the books this summer and land their #1 target.